- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa man has again been sentenced to four years in prison for beating an 11-year-old boy.

Sioux County District Court records say 37-year-old Matthew Spaans was resentenced Monday.

The Iowa Appeals Court in December ordered a resentencing after ruling that the trial judge considered an improper factor a year ago when sentencing Spaans the first time.

Spaans and his wife, Nina Spaans, of Hawarden, pleaded guilty to four counts of child endangerment. She received a four-year suspended prison sentence and was placed on two years’ probation.

Court records say Matthew Spaans beat his stepson with his hands, a 56-inch sword and another item. The documents say the boy was told to make up stories about his bruises or his next beating would be worse.

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